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IIM Rohtak reports threefold increase in number of girl students, but they’re far behind the boys

IIM Rohtak has registered a threefold increase in the number of girl students enrolling in the postgraduate management programme this year as compared to the previous one

education Updated: Jul 04, 2017 09:26 IST
IIM Rohtak still has a long way to go in achieving a respectable gender ratio among its students.
IIM Rohtak still has a long way to go in achieving a respectable gender ratio among its students. (Getty Images)

Rohtak: The efforts made by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Rohtak to improve its skewed gender ratio on campus resulted in some positive news for the institute with a threefold increase in the number of girl students enrolling in the postgraduate management programme this year as compared to the previous one.

However, the institute still has a long way to go in achieving a respectable gender ratio among its students. Also, the number of girls increased as the IIM increased its seats by more than 70%.

For its eighth batch (2017-19), the three-day induction programme which ended this Sunday, only 26 girl students got inducted at IIM Rohtak as compared to 236 boys, making the gender ratio 1:10.

The institute made concerted efforts to push up the number of girl students after only nine were admitted in 2016 in a batch of 153. IIM director Prof Dheeraj Sharma said they ran social media campaigns and announced merit-cum-scholarships for girl students for the second year of their management programme.

“The institute also organised its first meet and greet session where candidates were given a chance to interact with the faculty and were encouraged to enrol here,” he said.

However, a 1:1 gender ratio that the institute had achieved back in its 2013-15 batch remained an impossible target.

Rohtak Congress MP Deepender Hooda blamed the fall in the number of girls at IIM Rohtak to “Haryana’s law and order problem” after a series of rape incidents were reported here last month. Many also blamed the Jat agitation of 2016 for the problem as the violent riots occurred just when institute started its admission process.

However, Prof Sharma said he did not believe these factors to be the reason for fewer girls to enrol at the institute. “The attendance of girls in higher education in country is anyway less compared to boys. Since IIM Rohtak is a new institute, more girls prefer choosing the older ones,” he said.

Bringing more diversification, this year the batch also saw a 33% increase in students coming from a non-engineering background.